Nearly 200,000 people die in Colorado and the rest of the U.S. each year because of a fatal medical mistake. Technology may be able to change the underlying culture preventing clinicians from pointing out errors they witness in a situation such as a surgery. Although it's commonly believed by people in healthcare positions that the cultural fear of punishment hinders technological safety advances, technology could help the culture change to improve efficiency and safety.
Drivers and passengers in Colorado and other states often take their safety while traveling by motor vehicle for granted and do not use seat belts while on the road. This has fatal consequences in many cases as shown by the low seat belt usage and number of fatalities in Wyoming. As of April 8, the state had 27 fatalities due to highway crashes and a low rate of seat belt compliance.
Colorado residents may have read reports about the large number of teen drivers who send and receive text messages while driving, but they may not realize how serious the problem is. Data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that driver distraction is a factor in 60 percent of serious accidents involving teenage drivers, which is significantly higher than previous estimates.
Two vehicles were involved in an auto accident on the evening of March 6 in Aurora. One driver was fatally injured, according to reports, and investigators suggested that alcohol may have played a role in how the incident occurred.
The Colorado House of Representatives delivered a victory to supporters of stricter winter safety rules for drivers on Interstate 70 when House Bill 1173 won a preliminary voice vote on the floor. HB 1173 aims to extend the tire chain requirements for commercial vehicles on Interstate 70 to include passenger cars.
Two men were hospitalized after their trucks collided at an intersection near Fort Collins. A man driving a red Chevrolet Silverado truck attempted to turn left off Highway 1 onto Larimer County Road 58 when the man collided with a Ford F-150 truck in the intersection.
Many Colorado motorcyclists enjoy the freedom that motorcycles offer. However, those who rely on motorcycles as their primary form of transportation or even those who ride motorcycles as a hobby are always at risk for suffering serious injuries should they become involved in a crash with another vehicle.
When people think of impaired driving, they often think only about alcohol, but drugged driving also plays a role in a significant percentage of car accidents. Drugged driving is the result of the use of psychoactive drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and benzodiazepines, which make it both dangerous and illegal to operate a vehicle.
Colorado residents might be interested to learn about the risks and facts of impaired driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30 people die each day in a drunk driving crash. In 2012, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 31 percent of all wrecks in the country.
The main cause of whiplash is a car crash in which one car rear-ends a vehicle that is motionless. The individual in the motionless vehicle is likely to suffer whiplash. It may be beneficial for Colorado residents to understand more about whiplash in order to avoid long-term injury if they or their loved ones become victims.